Are House Churches Biblical?

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Q. My pastor has reservations against house churches because he said they are not biblical. He believes they should join a more formally organized church. What do you think?

A. House churches are biblical:

Rom 16:5 also greet the church that is in their (Prisca and Aquila) house.
• 1 Co 16:19 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
• Col 4:15 Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea and also Nympha and the church that is in her house.
• Phil 1:2 and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your (Philemon) house

At least 3 house churches are mentioned by name in the NT. In the early church, when Christians were persecuted, there were no institutional church as we know it. Christians gather at the temple or house to house (Acts 2:46), or at the synagogues. The church as an institution comes later when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Even now, in many restricted access countries, churches exist as house churches. To say that house churches are not biblical is narrow North American thinking. The Church is people, not an organization or building.

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